Santa Clarita Brain Injury Lawyers
Skilled Representation for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
Brain injuries—traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), specifically—are incredibly serious. Victims may experience a long and difficult road to recovery; some may never make a full recovery at all. The physical, emotional, and financial costs associated with TBIs are enormous, and victims and their families are often left struggling to move forward after the injury.
If you or your loved one sustained a serious brain injury in an accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation. By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek recovery for your losses, such as medical bills, future medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. However, it is critical that you hire an experienced attorney, as these claims can be very complex and difficult to prove.
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, our Santa Clarita brain injury lawyers have been serving as a voice for the injured since 1980. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including several six- and seven-figure settlements and verdicts. We know that, while it cannot undo what you have been through, financial compensation can often make all the difference in a person’s physical recovery and a family’s ability to heal.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries & Their Causes
TBIs commonly result from traumatic accidents, such as car crashes, slip and falls, or pedestrian accidents. Severe brain injuries occur when something pierces the skull and enters brain tissue or if the head is hit forcefully or suddenly. A common factor in most TBI cases is negligence—these injuries are most often the result of someone else’s careless or reckless actions.
Some of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Concussions: Caused by a sudden, severe blow to the head, concussions are generally considered to be a mild type of TBI. However, individuals who suffer concussions (or suspected concussions) should still seek treatment from a competent medical professional.
- Contusion: A brain contusion is essentially a bruise that forms on the brain. It often accompanies another brain injury, such as a concussion. Though they usually heal on their own, brain contusions may require surgery in severe cases.
- Coup-Contrecoup: This is a dual injury; a blow to the head causes injury to the brain at the point of impact and a second injury occurs when the force of the impact causes the brain to hit the opposing side of the skull.
- Diffuse Axonal: Characterized by tears in the connections within the brain, a diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a medical emergency. Depending on the size of the tears, the victim may suffer moderate to severe brain damage or even death.
- Penetrating Injury: Perhaps the most obvious of TBIs, a penetrating brain injury occurs when an outside object pierces the skull and hits or pierces the brain. This typically results in massive brain damage, coma, and/or death.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to moderate to severe. Accordingly, TBI symptoms vary depending on the severity of the injury.
For more mild TBIs, symptoms can include:
- Blurred vision
- Unconsciousness for short periods of time
- Memory issues
- Tired eyes
For more severe brain injuries, some symptoms include:
- Repeated nausea and/or vomiting
- Dilation of pupils
- Inability to wake when sleeping
No matter the cause of the injury, finding an experienced brain injury attorney is important. Not only does this better your chance of securing a favorable outcome, it also helps to make for a more stress-free experience when fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Compensation in Brain Injury Cases
Traumatic brain injuries affect everything from one’s ability to work to their ability to care for themselves and manage tasks critical to daily function. This can lead to a serious decrease in the victim’s quality of life. Medical bills, inability to work, and a decrease in your quality of life are all things that you can be compensated for in a brain injury lawsuit.
Other types of things that can be compensated for in a brain injury lawsuit include:
- Lost wages
- Medical monitoring
- Pain and suffering
- Future damages
- Life care
- Punitive damages
Statute of Limitations
When it comes to brain injuries, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit in the state of California. An experienced brain injury attorney can help you navigate the various challenges that come with filing a personal injury claim.
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we serve clients in Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita, Fillmore, Santa Paula, San Fernando Valley as well as surrounding Southern California communities. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury to the brain, contact us today to learn more about your options.
Who Is Liable?
The issue of liability is critical to any personal injury case. The liable person/party will almost always be the entity who was at fault for the accident or incident that led to your injuries.
Some liable parties include:
- An anesthesiologist who overdosed a patient, causing brain injury
- An employer who didn’t provide protective head gear
- A negligent driver
- An obstetrician who called for a C-section too late, resulting in brain damage to a baby
These are just some examples of the many, many potentially liable parties. To learn more, including who could be liable in your unique situation, get in touch with our Santa Clarita traumatic brain injury lawyers today.
Serving the Greater Los Angeles Area Since 1980
When it comes to cases involving brain injuries, you only have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim in California. At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we proudly serve clients in Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita, Fillmore, Santa Paula, the San Fernando Valley, and throughout Southern California. We are committed to providing our clients with the caring and attentive support they need, all while aggressively advocating for the maximum recovery they are owed.
Get in touch with us today at (661) 765-8484 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation. During this initial meeting, we can discuss your specific legal options.